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New York City Declared a Climate Emergency

by Vera • 01 Jul 2019

New York City Just Declared a Climate Emergency

New York became the largest city in the Americas to declare a climate crisis on Wednesday, after the city council overwhelmingly decided to approve the measure, according to HuffPost.

"New York must take bold steps in protecting its citizens, or we will suffer more sea level rise, more climate injustices, and more Hurricane Sandys. We must face the climate crisis head-on and look at the overall systemic issues that have put us here, as that is the only way to fully confront the issues," said Councilmember Ben Kallos, who introduced the resolution authored by partner organizations, in a statement before the vote.
More than 650 cities in 15 countries have announced climate emergencies, including Sydney in Australia and London in the U.K.

New York's declaration comes two months following the City Council passed a landmark bill to cut discharges from large buildings, the Big Apple's most important energy users and the highest cause of climate-polluting. The bill, coupled with a handful of other measures to bolster renewable energy in the city, was dubbed New York's version of a Green New Deal.


   



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